With the 2019 Consolidated Election underway, locals can expect to hear a lot coming from the candidates running in the upcoming election.

Residents can cast their vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University or at the County Clerk’s Office. 

Residents in all of the Town of Normal's precincts can cast their ballots at the Bone.

The candidates running for Town Trustee are incumbents R.C. McBride and Kathleen Lorenz as well as non-incumbents Dave Shields, Stan Nord, Karyn Smith, Pat Turner, Alex Campbell, Joel Studebaker and write-in candidate Karl Sila. Only three candidates will be elected to the council seats.

With early voting at the Bone Student Center concluded, the McLean County Clerk's Office showed a voter turnout of 195 students, faculty, staff and other locals contributed. Turnout from the Clerk’s Office shows that 362 votes were cast, and a collective 249 voting ballots were submitted by mail for early voting.

Residents of the City of Bloomington will have the option to choose from seven candidates running for the Bloomington City Council. 

The candidates running include Georgene Chissell, Donna Boelen, Don "Chip" Frank, Julie Emig, Jenn Carillo, Karen Schmidt and Jeff Crabill. Voters will select one candidate for each ward.

The three contested races are Ward 2 (Chissell, Boelen), Ward 4 (Frank, Emig), Ward 6 (Carillo, Schmidt) and unopposed Ward 8 (Crabill) in Bloomington.

ANDREW DOUGHERTY is News Editor for The Vidette. Contact him at vidette_addough@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @addough

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